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ResearchRansom (#47100964)
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Bio Photo CORRECTIONS/SUGGESTIONS: If I've sent you an SAC, it is a suggestion or a question, it is not a demand. If you have questions or concerns, I would appreciate an email so that I may provide clarification or additional information(PLEASE be sure to include the memorial number).

Please do not be offended if I ask you to provide your source for an edit suggestion you send me - I validate every edit suggestion I receive.


TRANSFERS - YES!!!!: I believe/hope that if you ask for the transfer, you genuinely care about the person/family/legacy/ or your dear friend. My goal is to find homes for all but my immediate family memorials - no need to send me your DNA to prove your relationship :)

The rare exceptions: I no longer transfer to contributors who have burial unknown memorials created more than 30 days ago; contributors who have created (and retain) duplicate memorials; contributors whose user name is Anonymous; or contributors of less than 60 days.


DUPLICATE MEMORIALS: Mistakes happen - creating one or two duplicate memorials is a mistake and your willingness to delete your errant duplicate(s) is genuinely appreciated. Creating a duplicate or multiple duplicate memorials and refusing to delete it/them (or ignoring requests to delete) is, without exception, unacceptable.

Even if you didn't create the original memorial you may add photographs and documents (up to the limit or sponsor any memorial to add even more photos and documents).

Ultimately, FAG will merge your duplicate memorial(s), and all of your "hard work", into the original memorial(s).


NAMING CONVENTIONS: Currently, the search engine does not process punctuation and spacing (see FAG guidelines), therefore I follow federal guidelines: no spaces in a surname (DeSmith instead of De Smith), no punctuation in any part of the name (ODell instead of O'Dell) other than a hyphen in a surname ONLY if legally recorded as such or displayed on the headstone. When a headstone's name is illegible or only displays a first or last name, Unknown is added to the empty field(s) (do not use ??? Smith or John J??). One cannot search without entering at least three letters of the surname (save for within a specific cemetery).

Use the middle name slot to add additional surnames that are not hyphenated, but displayed on the headstone/marker. Hearts, dancing feet, smiley faces, parentheses, exclamation points, even properly placed accent marks and tildes, "and/or" in the name slots adversely affects the the search engine results. Use the bio section to add other names, previous marriage names, spelling variations, additional nicknames, AKAs, name change information and so on.


To link family beyond parents or spouses:

< a href="">Name< /a>

Remove the space between < and a at the beginning, and the space between < and / at the end.


MEMORIAL PHOTOGRAPHS AND DOCUMENTS: Please take care to select the correct option for the items you wish to attach to the memorial. Grave is ONLY to be used for photographs of the monument, headstone, marker, or specific location of an unmarked grave. Please do not add photographs of cemetery landscape, the gate, sign, map, or anything that isn't specifically related to the person/family grave/lot.



1. Receiving your edit decline because your 10 year old typo-riddled memorial is "coincidentally" up to date within 24 hours of my SAC. Thanks, I needed a good laugh.

2. Contributors who enter countless memorials with just a plot location - no names, no dates, no notes, just a sea of ----- memorials. How does a ----- memorial even qualify as a memorial? What is the benefit of a cemetery full of ----- memorials?....oh, wait, it helps with your numbers, groan.

3. "Airing dirty laundry" and/or including TMI on family memorials. I can't imagine anyone would like to be memorialized with a tag line of "cause of death: syphilis" or "they were burned so severely we didn't recognize them" or "tried to abort her own child"; nor do I find a memorial the appropriate place to detail how Uncle Joe beat his kids or how beloved Aunt Bea was married to three different men at the same time or that you never liked the person whose memorial you created or manage and you close with something ugly like "Karma's a b**ch". Respect for one's privacy shouldn't end at death.

4. Burial Unknown: Ever wonder why contributors take the time to create thousands upon thousands (many contributors with tens of thousands in their cache)of burial unknown memorials and never follow-up on them (read: confirm the burial location within FAG's 30 day guideline), yet fully expect the contributor who created a memorial in the actual cemetery delete their memorial in favor of the five year old burial unknown memorial? Yup, it adds to their numbers, sigh. Per FAG, the memorial in the actual burial location, regardless of when it was created, trumps the burial unknown memorial.

Because the Burial Unknown option is so frequently misused (and abused), I no longer link a memorial to a burial unknown memorial.

5. Contributors who state they refuse to include a birth or death location for any of the 50K memorials they manage because.....wait for it....wait for it....."that information will make the memorial look cluttered". Cluttered, really?

6. Contributors who don't provide an email address and whose message page is disabled and, instead, instruct contributors to contact them through a specific memorial. Um, no thanks.


FindAGrave is an amazing tool providing ready access to a wealth of history and legacies and, ultimately, a means by which we may honor our ancestors and loved ones. It is a tool most successful when we all make a good faith effort to follow the basic rules and guidelines - and when we respect one another.
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Dan Arnes
Jackson Arnes
Thank you for transferring the Memorial page to me for administration. He was an unknown relative until recently.
Added by Dan Arnes on Oct 15, 2014 4:11 PM
Roxanne Weathers
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Hi ResearchRansom,

Love, love, love your profile page regarding the blanks on memorials etc. Thank you for the laughs

Roxanne Weathers
Added by Roxanne Weathers on Oct 08, 2014 3:35 PM
Suzanne O'Hara
Ransom Research too
Are You Researching Truman Bishop Line By any chnace
Added by Suzanne O'Hara on Oct 02, 2014 4:48 AM
Ida Turner
You sent me an email asking if I created duplicates of Acie 126206748 and 126206899.

This is probably correct. The night I was entering these the site was not working probably and I had to keep trying. I may have gotten it to go in twice. I will correct this if you will tell me how to merge them. Or I can delete one if possible.

Added by Ida Turner on Sep 10, 2014 3:29 PM
Rachelle Joy
Vargas Grave
Just wanted to say thanks for the suggestion to remove Perez for last name and put in biography. Made perfect sense and I appreciate the lesson on how Find A Grave works. Rachelle
Added by Rachelle Joy on Sep 10, 2014 7:07 AM
RE: Reference Question
Hi again.

Thank you for the link, I will take a look at it (I use Family Search). Also thank you for the offer of transferring the memorial, but that is not necessary unless you no longer wish to manage it. I do appreciate all of your help.

Take care,

Added by William on Aug 19, 2014 8:52 AM
Dori & Ed Chrisp
Sarah Elizabeth Ashby Smith 116475534
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! For transferring Sarah Elizabeth (Ashby)Smith 116475534 to my care.
It really met a lot to me. I really appreciate all of your help. Find A Grave is a wonderful site but only because of people like you.
Thank you.
D. Marsh 47796684
Added by Dori & Ed Chrisp on Aug 10, 2014 2:31 PM
Dori & Ed Chrisp
Sarah Elizabeth Ashby Smith 116475534
WOW! I would love to have Sarah Elizabeth (Ashby)
Smith 116475534 transferred to in our care. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! You made my day!

D. Marsh
Added by Dori & Ed Chrisp on Aug 08, 2014 9:14 PM
Carolyn Boggs
RE: Boggs - Tulocay Cemetery
Thank You so very much for the transfers. I will take good care of them. And continue to add what I have or find. :0)

If I can do anything for you just send me a message.

Added by Carolyn Boggs on Aug 08, 2014 2:34 PM
Carolyn Boggs
RE: Boggs - Tulocay Cemetery
Hi there,

I would love to manage the Boggs Memorials. And add any information I may have and find to their memorials.

I Thank You for your generosity and hard work!

You are an inspiration to us here on Find A Grave!!!

Added by Carolyn Boggs on Aug 07, 2014 2:33 PM
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